Nevada Revised Statutes Section 178.455 - Procedure in Criminal Cases

Procedure for evaluating certain defendants following finding of incompetence; report to court; procedure concerning misdemeanants. [Effective July 1, 2004.]

1. Except as otherwise provided for persons charged with or convicted of a misdemeanor, the Administrator of the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services of the Department of Human Resources or his designee shall appoint a licensed psychiatrist and a licensed psychologist from the treatment team who is certified pursuant to NRS 178.417 to evaluate the defendant. The Administrator or his designee shall also appoint a third evaluator who must be a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist, must be certified pursuant to NRS 178.417 and must not be a member of the treatment team. Upon the completion of the evaluation and treatment of the defendant, the Administrator or his designee shall report to the court in writing his specific findings and opinion upon:

(a) Whether the person is of sufficient mentality to understand the nature of the offense charged;

(b) Whether the person is of sufficient mentality to aid and assist counsel in the defense of the offense charged, or to show cause why judgment should not be pronounced; and

(c) If the person is not of sufficient mentality pursuant to paragraphs (a) and (b) to be placed upon trial or receive pronouncement of judgment, whether there is a substantial probability that he can receive treatment to competency and will attain competency in the foreseeable future.

2. A copy of the report must be:

(a) Maintained by the Administrator of the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services or his designee and incorporated in the medical record of the person; and

(b) Sent to the office of the district attorney and to the counsel for the outpatient or person committed.

3. In the case of a person charged with or convicted of a misdemeanor, the judge shall, upon receipt of the report set forth in NRS 178.450 from the Administrator of the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services or his designee:

(a) Send a copy of the report by the Administrator or his designee to the prosecuting attorney and to the defendantís counsel;

(b) Hold a hearing, if one is requested within 10 days after the report is sent pursuant to paragraph (a), at which the attorneys may examine the Administrator or his designee or the members of the defendantís treatment team on the determination of the report; and

(c) Within 10 days after the hearing, if any, or 20 days after the report is sent if no hearing is requested, enter his finding of competence or incompetence in the manner set forth in subsection 4 of NRS 178.460.

Last modified: February 25, 2006